An Agent-Based Model for Simultaneous Phone and SMS Traffic over Time

  • Kenneth Joseph
  • Wei Wei
  • Kathleen M. Carley
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7812)


The present work describes a utility-based, multi-agent, dynamic network model of phone call and SMS traffic in a population. The simulation is novel in its ability to generate interactions from both an asymmetric and a symmetric media simultaneously. Within the model, we develop and test a simple extension to the theory of media multiplexity, a well-known theory of how humans use the communication media available to them with different alters (friends). Model output qualitatively matches patterns in real data at the network-level and with respect to how humans use SMS and voice calls with different alters and thus shows general support for our theoretical claim.


agent-based modeling dynamic networks interpersonal communication theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Joseph
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wei Wei
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kathleen M. Carley
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.iLab, Heinz CollegeCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Software ResearchCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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